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Life is Finite. Make a Choice.

I’ve been meaning to read Oliver Burkeman’s Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals for a few months, but I just couldn’t do it. I’ve read so many “productivity” books that I needed a break. Once I finally turned the cover, I was happy to see that Burkeman’s approach was not only new, but actually helpful.

The quick explanation is that life is short, and that you can’t do everything – so stop trying. The moment you accept your “finitude”, a word that means limitations due to your mortality, you’ll realize that it feels pretty darn good to stop juggling 10,000 balls.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. In fact, I did a full set of book notes for anyone that’s interested in exploring the text before purchase. I’ve highlighted 12 direct quotes and analyzed 35 key passages, all of which have been grouped together in the topics of distraction, efficiency, impatience, procrastination, time, and work.

If you’re interested, the book notes can be found here.

Until tomorrow, read slowly – take notes – apply the ideas.


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